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Said the Wind to the Moon, “I will blow you out.

       You stare

       In the air

       Like a ghost in a chair,

Always looking what I am about;

I hate to be watched – I’ll blow you out.”

 

The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon.

       So deep,

      On a heap

       Of clouds, to sleep,

Down lay the Wind, and slumbered soon–

Muttering low, “I’ve done for that Moon.”

 

He turned in his bed; she was there again!

       On high

       In the sky

       With her one ghost eye,

The Moon shone white and alive and plain.

Said the Wind–”I will blow you out again.”

 

The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew dim.

       “With my sledge

       And my wedge

       I have knocked off her edge!

If only I blow right fierce and grim,

The creature will soon be dimmer than dim.”

 

He blew and he blew, and she thinned to a thread.

       “One puff

       More’s enough

       To blow her to snuff!

One good puff more where the last was bred,

And glimmer, glimmer, glum will go the thread!”

 

He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone;

       In the air

       Nowhere

       Was a moonbeam bare;

Far off and harmless the shy stars shone;

Sure and certain the Moon was gone.

 

The Wind, he took to his revels once more;

       On down

       In town,

       Like a merry-mad clown,

He leaped and hallooed with whistle and roar,

“What’s that?” The glimmering thread once more!

 

He flew in a rage–he danced and blew;

       But in vain

       Was the pain

       Of his bursting brain;

For still the broader the Moon-scrap grew,

The broader he swelled his big cheeks and blew.

 

Slowly she grew–till she filled the night,

       And shone

       On her throne

       In the sky alone,

A matchless, wonderful, silvery light,

Radiant and lovely, the Queen of the night.

 

Said the Wind–”What a marvel of power am I!

       With my breath,

       Good faith!

       I blew her to death–

First blew her away right out of the sky–

Then blew her in; what strength have I!”

 

But the Moon, she knew nothing about the affair,

       For high

       In the sky,

       With her one white eye,

Motionless, miles above the air,

She had never heard the great Wind blare.

 

THE WIND AND THE MOON

 

By George McDonald